What is the difference between a cheap and a good quality, professional air purifier?
Let us first briefly review the general types of air purification equipment available on the market.
Some air purifiers rely on filters alone. The most well-known in this category are HEPA filters. This filtration method consists of the air passing through a 0.3 micron filter which traps larger contaminants. Although these air filters are widely advertised, they are not able to trap very small microorganisms or pathogens, such as viruses or VOCs (volatile organic compounds). In addition, due to the pressure difference that occurs during the operation of the filter, the air disperses some of the harmful substances, which can be another source of danger.
UV-based air purification
UV-based air purifiers use UV-C light to kill pathogens. With enough exposure time and proper equipment performance, effective protection against bacteria, fungi and viruses can be achieved. However, many UV-C based devices generate ozone which is a harmful and hazardous byproduct.
In addition, when using UV-C-based air purifiers, due to the aforementioned dangers, it is not recommended for people to remain in the room during its operation, so the air can only be cleaned intermittently, after people have left the room. Therefore, as soon as people re-enter a disinfected room, it is no longer a safe environment, due to lack of continuous air purification.
Ionizing air purification
The third type of air purifier is the ionizer, which works by giving an electrical charge to particles causing them to clump together and form larger and heavier particles that settle on nearby surfaces. This technology does not remove or destroy the harmful particles. Additionally, some ionizers produce ozone, which is toxic.
Let’s talk about Ozone
Ozone-producing air purifiers are not allowed in some states in the US because of their potential hazards. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns against the use of ozone-emitting devices.
Why is ozone harmful?
- Ozone is a toxic gas with vastly different chemical and toxicological properties from oxygen.
- It has the ability to react with similar organic materials inside the human body, for example when inhaled, it can damage the lungs.
- Long term exposure causes irreversible damage to the human body
- The byproducts of air purification with ozone can be other harmful chemicals, such as aldehydes
- Because ozone is toxic to humans, only intermittent disinfection is possible, when people are not present
Finally, what makes cheap air purifiers cheap?
Inexpensive air purifiers may use one or a mix of the three types of air purification solutions mentioned above. In many cases, they do not purify the air, they only filter it, and they may release toxic substances into the air as a byproduct of the purification.
When researching air purifiers, it’s extremely important to understand exactly what technology they use and which harmful particles and gases are they able to annihilate or remove from the air.
Unfortunately, often cheap equipment manufacturers give their customers a false sense of security, reassuring the customer that purchasing their equipment is an important step towards improving the customers’ health. But in many cases this is highly debatable and even hazardous to the customers’ health.
In order to make an informed decision about the best air purification to suit one’s needs, it is important to choose an air purification device that…
- uses scientifically proven technology
- is safe and does not emit harmful substances
- is genuine and provides actual protection against harmful particles and gases
- guarantees air purification
When all is taken into account, cheaper air purifiers are not worth the investment.
The best option is to choose top-quality air purification, which provides maximum protection against a vast array of allergens and harmful particles.
Airocide is scientifically proven to destroy and eliminate harmful particles, including viruses, bacteria, mold, volatile organic gases (VOCs), mycotoxins, allergens and more. Airocide was developed by NASA and its technology uses a process called Photocatalytic Oxidation. As infected air passes through the Airocide reaction chamber, contaminants collide with hydroxyl radicals, formed by photocatalytic oxidization, destroying them.
The guarantee provided by proven technology developed by NASA and the outstanding efficiency of the devices, make Airocide a top choice for a high-quality, professional air purification device.
The APS-200 2.5 PM and APS-300 operate efficiently in an area up to 2000 cubic ft, such as living rooms, bedrooms, waiting rooms, meeting rooms or classrooms. For larger spaces, such as offices, hospitals, operating rooms, restaurants, hotels or showrooms, contact us for expert advice tailored to your specific venue.